Friday, February 8, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Showbiz Alert: Hire Me


SHOWBIZ ALERT: The writing is winding down on the "Unannounced Animated Children's Show" I'm doing for Netflix, so now I'm available to work on your series! #yourewelcome #awriterslifeforme #animation

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Animation Writer Q&A: Should I Try to Trick Disney?



Q: I'm  trying  to  send  my  animation  proposal  to  Disney.  Since  I  don't  have  an  agent,  I  was  thinking  about  having  my  friend's  name  on  the  outside  of  the  package  as  my  manager  just  to  get  my  material  in  the  door.  If  Disney  is  interested,  then  I'll  get  an  agent  to  take  it  from  there.  Does this sound like a reasonable idea?

A: No, it doesn't. The people at the studios who take pitches know all of the animation agencies, so they'll spot this one right away. The only real way to get your idea in front of decision makers at a studio or production company is to submit your material through an agent who specializes in writing for animation.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

GHOST STAR Discount December!


GHOST STAR Kindle Edition is ON SALE (12/1/18 - 12/31/18) for $0.99! 
 #YA #scifi #spaceopera #spacemarines #military #kindlepress Please share! 😊
 
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 When his father and crewmates are attacked and killed by a ruthless alien commander, young Galen Bray becomes the new captain of the GHOST STAR, a notorious smuggling vessel. Barely escaping capture, Galen sets out to rescue the only other survivor of the vicious attack, his sister Trem. Along the way, he discovers a mysterious people thought wiped out long ago, his family's surprising origins, and a destiny he never imagined . . .
 
 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Animation Writer FAQ: Mining for Advertisers?

Q: I am in the process of preparing a pitch bible for 52 X 11 (Roger note: 52x11 = fifty-two, eleven minute episodes) animated series and I wanted to know if there is a format or process to prospect advertisers to get them on board. I would definitely be beating the odds if I have an advertiser already. 

A: I've never done it that way nor have I heard of anyone else successfully recruiting advertisers in order to sell an animated project. That's just not how it's done in the U.S. (as far as I know). The usual method for getting a show on the air is to do a pitch bible (character designs, descriptions, etc.) and then set up pitch meetings at the various networks such as Nick or Cartoon Network (which is infinitely easier if you have an agent). So, to answer your question directly: No. I am unaware of any format or process that is used to "prospect" advertisers.
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 Prospector art by Tony Oliver from Denver, CO, USA (by way of Wikimedia Commons)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

TREEHOUSE DETECTIVES: Season Two is Here!


TREEHOUSE DETECTIVES is back on NETFLIX for Season Two with a bunch of fun new episodes, many written by me! 
 
CLICK HERE to see the Season Two trailer!


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Animation Writer FAQ: How to Get an Animation Agent

Q: I've written a feature animation script. I've contacted some animation studios first but they considered it an unsolicited submission. I've also contacted literary agencies, but most agencies represent only action, fiction, sci-fi, horror, and not animation. It seems that it’s very difficult to submit my animated script to the studios, especially that these kind of scripts are generated in-house. May ask you to mention to me, to your knowledge, some agencies that still accept submission queries from animation writers? Or a production company that deals with animation studios?
A: Finding an agent is the best way to go. Many literary agencies have at least one agent who handles animation. Try contacting as many as you can and asking if they have such a person on staff and go from there. If they don't have one, ask if they wouldn't mind pointing you in the direction of an agency that does.  They'll likely say no, but you never know. You can also try contacting TAG (The Animation Guild) and the Writer's Guild of America's "Animation Caucus" and asking them your perfectly reasonable question. 
Two agencies I can think of that are exclusive to animation are Gotham and Natural Talent. I'm sure there are more. You can Google their contact information.
Good luck to you! 
 
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Monday, October 8, 2018

American Gods: Season 2 Teaser

Looking forward to Season 2. Season 1 was awesome! Anybody see it? How about the book? I think it's one of Neil Gaiman's best novels. #americangods


Friday, October 5, 2018

GHOST STAR Kindle Press Price Promotion



Hey folks! "Ghost Star," is now on PROMOTION for $0.99 until Saturday, October 13, 2018. Read this thrill-packed #YA #scifi adventure on an EPIC scale. #spaceopera #spacemarines #military #kpauthors #kindlepress 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

HAM TV

HAM TV: A brilliant concept/sizzle reel for a program that never was, but should have been. Tune in to see my star turn as the show's Prop Mime!


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Author FAQ: Tips on Writing Non-Fiction

Q: I have a question for you regarding book publishing. I finished my personal book which I am
considering, sending out. Can you give me any tips on this? I first poked around the bookstore to
get names of publishers that already publish books in the same category as mine. -- Tom K.


A: Well, first off, that's a great place to start. It certainly makes sense to look around for publishers of books similar to yours since, in theory, they're already open to that kind of work. As you know, my

area of expertise is in children's books. I assume your personal book is not a children's book but non-fiction, maybe an autobiography? There are a number of publications that can point you in the right direction for getting your adult market book looked at. There's a magazine called Writer's Digest that contains useful tips. They also offer several publishing bibles. The one for kid's books is called Children's Writers & Illustrators Market. I'm guessing they have a similar title for the type of book that you've written. These bibles are printed yearly and contain contact names and submission information (do they require a query letter first, how many chapters a particular publisher likes to get, etc.). Very useful, but kind of pricey (c.$25) -- you may want to do your research with them at the library.

Another option would be to look into going the self-publishing route which is currently the path I'm following. I've covered that subject in a good number of previous Author FAQs so a quick search of my site's archives should help you find the info you need. The Archive Search is in the right-hand column.

Have you poked around online, yet? That's what I did when I first tried to figure out how to submit my kid's books. Online research lead me to the website of a trade group of children's book publishers that listed all of the contact info and whether or not a certain publishing house was accepting open submissions, etc. I submitted to a number of them and the fine folks at DIAL BFYR were the first to bite. I'm sure there's a lot of helpful info for non-fiction books within the vast expanse of the world wide web.


Best of luck with your personal book!

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